Contents tagged with Kyrgyzstan

  • Ex-head of Kazakhstan national security: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan secretly agreed to help Russia in war against Ukraine

    Former head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Alnur Musayev said that Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan gave in under pressure from Russian President Putin and agreed to assist him in the war against Ukraine.

    According to Musayev, the authorities of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan at a confidential level expressed their readiness to provide Russia with military equipment and ammunition. Also, Russian is moving some of its contingent these Central Asian countries to Ukraine.

    "Russia is also …

  • Russia to deploy new air defense systems in northern Kyrgyzstan

    Russia is planning to deploy new anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense equipment and drones at its airbase near the town of Kant in northern Kyrgyzstan, said Nurlan Kirisheyev, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Kyrgyz Armed Forces.

    Kirisheyev said that Russia is upgrading the airbase’s runways, and that these steps will “improve security in the region”, Radio Liberty reports.

    He added that the deployment of the systems will take place according to an agreement signed during a visit by …

  • Russia gives upgraded helicopters and radars to Kyrgyzstan

    Russia has given Kyrgyzstan a batch of weapons and equipment upgraded in Russia, free of charge. At a handover ceremony at the Kant Airbase, members of the Russian Defense Ministry gave their Kyrgyz colleagues two Mi-8MT helicopters and two radar systems, Russia’s military department announced.

    On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry gave the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry two Mi-8MT helicopters and two P-18-2 radar stations. All of the equipment originally belonged to the Kyrgyz republic, but was …

  • Germany convicts militant who fought in Donbas

    The German court found Alex D. (a citizen of Kyrgyzstan) guilty of participation in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Alex D. fought on the side of the pro-Russian separatists in Donbas for about two years. The mercenary was detained in 2016 when he returned to Germany, and now he was found guilty of preparing a "serious crime that threatens state security."

    Photos that were attached to the criminal case show Alex D. posing on the tank, then holding a Kalashnikov …

  • Russia donates $6 million of military equipment to Kyrgyzstan

    Russia has given Kyrgyzstan a new shipment of armored vehicles and helicopters worth around $6 million, the Russian Defense Ministry announced, as cited by Interfax.

    At the handover ceremony held at the Russian air base in Kant, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu clarified that Kyrgyzstan would be receiving two multipurpose Mi-8MT medium helicopters and nine reconnaissance and patrol vehicles. He remarked that the helicopters would help with transport and search-and-rescue operations in …

  • Russia gives Kyrgyzstan $30 million and promises further $1.6 billion

    Russia is continuing the Soviet practice of making multi-billion dollar investments into regimes near and far that are loyal to the Kremlin.

    The Russian government has agreed to grant free financial assistance to Kyrgyzstan, announced Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov on Wednesday.

    Kyrgyzstan itself sent the request for financial assistance. Russia agreed to allocate $30 million to support the republic’s federal budget. The decision was made earlier in March, but was not reported on, …

  • Putin extends restrictions on transit of Ukrainian goods to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin amended the decree from January 1, 2016 "On Measures to ensure economic security and national interests of Russia during the transit of goods from Ukraine to the Republic of Kazakhstan or the Kyrgyz Republic through the territory of the Russian Federation." He extended it for half a year, until July 1, 2019,  the Russia’s government website of legal information. 

    The decree entered into force on December 31, 2018. It stipulates that inter-country transportation …

  • Putin extends ban on transit of goods from Ukraine to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin amended the decree of January 1, 2016 regarding measures to ensure the economic security and national interests of the Russian Federation in the implementation of international transport of goods from the territory of Ukraine to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan or the Kyrgyz Republic through the territory of the Russian Federation. Putin extended these measures for another six months, until January 1, 2019, as reported by the Russian government portal …

  • Putin cancels Kyrgyzstan's debt of $240 million

    President Vladimir Putin signed a bill on the ratification of an agreement between the governments of Russia and Kyrgyzstan on the settlement of the latter's debts on loans. 

    The agreement writes off the remainder of Kyrgyzstan’s debt totaling $ 240 million. Russia already wrote off the first part of the debt, $188.9 million back in 2013. Nevertheless, Kyrgyzstan still owed $300 million.

    Since Kyrgyzstan was not able to repay the debt, the countries agreed to write it off by $30 million a …

  • Russia intends to establish second military base in Kyrgyzstan

    A second Russian Federation military base may be deployed In Kyrgyzstan, stated the country’s Prime Minister, Sapar Isakov.

     “Consultations were held on this issue at the level of the relevant ministries. The Kyrgyz Republic believes that to ensure security not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in the region as a whole, it is necessary to deploy a military base in the south," Isakov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    At the same time, Sapar Isakov noted that a final decision on this issue has …